GSA Technology Council

GSATC Presents, “The Future of Computer Science Education” on August 20

Tech leaders have identified a gap in the computer science pipeline: The labor supply for the growing tech sector is limited and lacking in diversity. If this trend continues, it has the potential to hinder growth and limit career potential for today’s students, particularly those from underserved populations.

To help fill this gap, Google has launched CS First. CS First is creating curriculum to appeal to underrepresented demographics in tech. At the same time, they’re introducing a great new way for tech professionals to give back to their communities, to pay it forward to the next generation, and to ensure a successful future for the tech industry.

Join us this August to learn about how the Google CS First team is coming to the Upstate to partner with local schools, businesses, and community volunteers in an exciting new education endeavor.

11:30 – 12:00 Registration, Networking, Lunch
11:55 – 12:10 Announcements
12:20 – 1:15 Panel Discussion with Q&A
1:20 – 1:30 Door Prizes, Adjourn

This meeting is held at the Embassy Suites and features easy access from I-385, plenty of free parking, ample networking opportunities, a great presentation, and door prizes. Plan to attend.

Onsite registration is available. Lunch is $30 at the door.

 Our Speakers

Jason Hammon

Jason graduated with an Ed. M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2013, where his research emphasis was technology innovation and MOOCs. He is passionate about all aspects of learning: how people learn, why people learn, and the conditions necessary for learning. His goal is to become a “Learning Engineer,” combining learning science with practice. Originally from Idaho, Jason graduated with a B.S. in Social Science Education from Brigham Young University, and also taught 9th grade Geography for a short time. He and his wife, Natalie, are avid history buffs and love exploring the rich American History embodied in the Charleston area.


Reid Roman

Like his CS First cohorts, Reid recently moved to the Charleston area to help pioneer a new approach to Computer Science education in South Carolina. Reid was named Outstanding Computer Science Student upon graduation from the University of Southern California in 2013. He spent his time as an undergraduate leading various organizations, through which he promoted social change and furthered multicultural objectives on USC’s campus. Born and raised in Dallas, and still a Texas boy at heart, Reid’s passion for computer science has taken him as far as Folsom in northern California for an internship with Intel and all the way to London on a Viterbi Engineering Summer Abroad program. As a part of the CS First team, Reid has contributed to website development, created curriculum materials, and engaged with local volunteers to implement the program in schools.


Greenville Java Users Group Presents, “Brains and Computers” August 14

GJUGGuest speaker, Brian C. Dean, Ph.D., will present on the latest integrations of machines and technology to better understand neurological disorders and to annotate results on the web.

August 14 - 6:30PM - Find Great People Office

Register Online: Brains and Computers

BrianBrian will share his work on research projects that help doctors better understand neurological disorders like epilepsy and autism. Their work uses machine learning and other techniques to analyze large EEG (brain wave) data sets and make network models of brains. They are also working on ways for medical experts to view and annotate this data on the web.

Brian has a PhD in computer science from MIT. His research focuses on algorithms, he promotes high-school CS education, and he directs the Applied Algorithms Group in the School of Computing at Clemson. His research is currently supported by an NSF CAREER award.

via Greenville Java Users Group

A.T. LOCKE Adds Veronica Edwards as Financial Analyst

AT LockeA.T.LOCKE, which provides accounting services, business analysis and financial guidance to emerging and mid-sized organizations, has added Veronica Edwards as a Financial Analyst on the firm’s rapidly-growing Upstate team.

A native of Ladson, South Carolina, Ms. Edwards holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as a M.S. in Accounting from Georgia Southern University. Prior to joining A.T. LOCKE, she most recently served as Division Controller for Jarden Plastic Solutions in Greer, South Carolina. Ms. Edwards began her career as an assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has also worked in progressively senior roles with Newell Rubbermaid and Milwaukee Electric Tool.

As a Financial Analyst with A.T. LOCKE, she will assist firm clients across the Upstate and will be based out of the firm’s Greenville headquarters. Her current civic involvement includes service on the Finance Committee of Maranatha Fellowship SDA Church in Greenville.

“A.T. LOCKE is committed to providing every client with timely, accurate, and relevant financial insight and information, as well as outstanding service,” said Anna Locke, President and Founder of A.T. LOCKE. “Veronica offers our clients a broad range of financial, strategic and analytical capabilities, along with an outstanding work ethic, to help clients manage and grow their organizations. She will be a wonderful addition to our team.”

via A.T. LOCKE

Integral Solutions Group Hires New Account Manager

Integral SGIntegral Solutions Group is excited to announce the addition of Michael Brewerton to the account executive team. Brewerton will join Integral Solution Group’s Charleston, South Carolina office.

“We are thrilled Mike will become a part of our growing team of technology experts,” said Russ Weber, President of Integral Solutions Group. “Mike has a proven track record not only in growing business but also building valued customer relationships.”

Brewerton, a graduate of LSU, has worked for major corporations across the country. Over his career, Brewerton has helped clients develop strong high-tech strategies through the various products and services. At Integral Solutions Group, he will continue to improve that track record with the cutting edge services our company offers.

“Mike is an experienced account manager who will help spread the word about Integral’s successful colocation, disaster recovery, cloud computing, StressFree IT® and backup solutions,” Weber added. “He is also a very civic-minded individual who has volunteered for many great organizations in the communities where he has lived.”

via Integral Solutions Group

DesignThinkers Group Presents “Trust as a Driver for Company Culture and Customer Loyalty” August 13

DesignThinkers Group has announced its August Design Talk, “Trust as a Driver for Company Culture and Customer Loyalty.” The Design Talks are short, one hour events and will feature talks on innovation, change, culture, and other vexing problems facing today’s organizations. The Design Talks are free and include lunch. Two upcoming Design Thinking Workshops have also been announced, starting with a three hour Observational Research workshop. See the links below for these upcoming events. All events are held in downtown Greenville at OpenWorks co-working space unless otherwise indicated.

Upcoming DesignThinkers Group Talks
Wednesday, August 13 at 12:00pm
Trust as a Driver for Company Culture and Customer Loyalty

Wednesday, September 10 at 3:00pm
Ideation & Rapid Prototyping – Generating, Testing and Iterating New Ideas

Connect South Carolina Names Jim Stritzinger Director

Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy appointed Jim Stritzinger executive director of Connect South Carolina. cesm_Logo RGBStritzinger assumed his role on July 1. He will lead Connect South Carolina as it continues its work connecting communities to broadband and technology.

“The synergies between Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy were obvious to me when we began our partnership about 18 months ago,” said Stritzinger. “Since I’ve been a member of South Carolina’s Broadband Advisory Council over that time, my transition to Connect South Carolina is a natural and exciting evolution. I am honored to join the Connected Nation team, and I look forward to traveling around the state and shaping programs that will hopefully turn into best practices nationally.”

“Our recent partnership announcement between Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy shows our commitment to helping more communities get connected and helping more workers increase their skills through technology expansion in South Carolina,” said Connected Nation President and COO Tom Ferree. “Jim is a great fit for the organization. The future is bright for the Connect South Carolina program.”

downloadBefore joining Connect South Carolina, Stritzinger served as the director of the Grow IT initiative at IT-oLogy, where he worked with organizations that leverage information technology talent either to directly develop technology products and services or indirectly support the needs of business operations.

Stritzinger is an electrical engineer, software developer and entrepreneur. He is a fellow with the Liberty Fellowship.

Stritzinger replaces Heather Jones, who left Connect South Carolina in April to become executive director of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance.

A subsidiary of nonprofit Connected Nation, Connect South Carolina works to increase broadband access, adoption and use to ensure South Carolina’s competitiveness in the connected global economy.

Connect South Carolina is a public-private partnership that works with the state’s broadband providers to make detailed maps of coverage and to assess the current state of broadband adoption, community by community, across South Carolina.

IT-oLogy is a nonprofit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and other organizations that aims to develop the IT talent pipeline and advance the IT profession.

via IT-oLogy

SCRA Technology Ventures Presents Checks to KIYATEC and CampusConnectr

scra_logoSCRA Technology Ventures’ SC Launch program presented two big checks to Upstate companies KIYATEC and CampusConnectr at a networking event held at the Clemson University ICAR campus last night. The ceremony honored the companies and commemorated the investments, originally announced in November.

CampusConnectr addresses student engagement and retention, and was designed “by students for students.” Through two systems, the company allows university students to engage with their institution and with each other – providing them with the news feeds, campus information and functional apps that students care about. It is is free to the students and the schools they attend and is a closed program; only available to current students.

KIYATEC specializes in providing advanced, 3D cell-based assays and diagnostics with superior physiologic relevance for more accurate predictions of patient response to drugs. KIYATEC’s Greenville offices and labs are co-located with the Institute for Translational Oncology Research (ITOR) Clinical Research Unit on the main campus of the Greenville Health System, the 13th largest public hospital system in the United States.

“We were delighted to present CampusConnectr and KIYATEC with big checks last night,” said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. “These two upstate companies are bringing innovative technologies to South Carolina, growing our Knowledge Economy. We look forward to many future partnerships and successes.”

via SCRA

SC Student Selected as Regional Finalist in 2014 Google Science Fair Competition

Keith-CoffmanAfter much deliberation, the Google Science Fair team of judges has selected the regional finalists for the 2014 competition. One of the finalists is Keith Coffman a 17 year old from Greenville, SC.

His project is the Superconducting Levitation and Propulsion Control System, a control system that utilizes the restoring force of superconductors to control propulsion of maglev vehicles in addition to the levitation for which they are already used. Keith’s project has also been selected as a finalist for the Computer Science Award.

Keith’s project was selected from thousands of submissions from more than 120 countries around the world to move on to the next round of judging.

via Google

New Job Posting: Programmer/Developer

Help Wanted

Aerie Eng is seeking a programmer/developer with strong experience in C, Visual Studio, and Db (Oracle, SQL, or pref both).

Preview more open positions on the GSATC jobs board. We encourage you to share it with anyone who may be in the hunt. If you are looking for work, feel free to let us know what you need on our LinkedIn group!

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The GSATC Presents “Building a Tech Company in SC – What You Really Need to Know” on July 16

How to Find the Money, Tech and Talent You Need

GSATC Learning Lunch Panel
with panelists: Scott Welchel – SBDC, John Warner – Swampfox, Peter Waldschmidt – Gnoso

Moving an idea to a full fledged tech company is hard. Mostly because there are a lot of obstacles. Building the “tech” is a challenge. Finding the right talent can be difficult. Finding the money you need seems impossible.

Unless you’ve done it before, you’re probably asking the wrong questions and working on the wrong things. Would you like to fix that? Join us for the GSATC Learning lunch in July and listen to a panel of experts tell you what you REALLY need to be thinking about as you build a tech business in SC. You won’t want to miss this one.

BONUS: Ever watch Shark Tank? Well, we are not going to do that. Firstly, somebody else owns the copyright to that. Secondly, we’re a little bit nicer than those guys. Still, we invite you to bring a two minute pitch to lunch and let our team ask some questions and tell you what they think!


 Our Panelists

Scott Whelchel

Greenville Area Manager & Business Consultant at SC SBDC
Scott provides SBDC clients with one-on-one consulting to address their needs in launching, growing, managing and financing businesses. In many cases the challenge a client faces is to identify the things they don’t know, learn quickly who can help, and get the resources they need to move forward. Through partnerships with universities, Chambers of Commerce, lenders, professionals, local economic development organizations and others, clients benefit from a wide range of resources.


Fellow at Liberty Fellowship
John has thirty years of diverse experience as an executive, investor, board member, and adviser to companies and not-for-profits from start-ups to New York Stock Exchange firms in a variety of industries.

As a Liberty Fellow, John seeks to promote outstanding leadership and offer South Carolina’s next generation of leaders the opportunity to explore the values that sustain them and to become significant contributors to our state, and to society at large.


Founder and CEO of Gnoso, Inc.
Peter Waldschmidt is the founder and CEO of Gnoso, Inc. a software company in Greenville, SC that provides software quality tools to thousands of software development teams worldwide through its NCover business unit. Currently, Peter is launching a new cloud analytics business at Exponent. Previously, Peter was a co-founder of TetraData Corp., which grew into the market leading data warehousing and analytics software provider for K-12 school districts. Peter is active in the community as the Chair of NEXT, working to grow high-tech businesses in the upstate and he also serves on the boards of several other community organizations and is a Liberty Fellow.


 Moderated by:
Founder and Executive Producer of Tech After Five
Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator. He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council. His technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Monthly. He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina. He is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television and has been named among Greenville South Carolina’s fifty most influential people.


11:30 – 12:00 Registration, Networking, Lunch
11:55 – 12:10 Announcements
12:20 – 1:15 Panel Discussion with Q&A
1:20 – 1:30 Door Prizes, Adjourn

This meeting is held at the Embassy Suites and features easy access from I-385, plenty of free parking, ample networking opportunities, a great presentation, and door prizes. Plan to attend.

Onsite registration is available. Lunch is $30 at the door.